Autodidact: Yes, you should buy the bass for that price. Glad you posted in the megathread, here you'll get better information from people who've actually owned, kept, and played Spirits, vs. the people you were hearing from the other thread you started, who've never owned a Spirit and are replying on hearsay, or bought one and didn't give the bass a fair chance and flipped it. The Spirit EMG Select pickups are the same dimensions as standard guitar humbuckers. Read through this megathread, and also check these threads: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f38/passive-hb-sized-pickups-110405/ http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f38/audere-3zb-has-sound-reviews-288229/ This will give you an idea of some of the mods that I, and other owners, have done. Actually the stock pickups sound really good with the right strings. I changed out the pickups on one bass, but the other two XZ's I own still have the stock Selects.